VOLKSWAGEN

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT DIESEL ESTATE 1.6 TDI SEL 5dr DSG

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2151 g/km

The Volkswagen Passat Estate really brings the goods in its eighth-generation guise. It's slightly shorter, but the longer wheelbase means more space for passengers and cleverer packaging ups the luggage capacity from 603 to 650-litres with all the seats in place. UK buyers get a predominantly diesel line-up, with a 240PS all-wheel drive flagship.

PRACTICAL MAGIC

The latest Volkswagen Passat Estate demonstrates the genius in 'things that just work'. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

The Volkswagen Passat Estate really brings the goods in its eighth-generation guise. It's slightly shorter, but the longer wheelbase means more space for passengers and cleverer packaging ups the luggage capacity from 603 to 650-litres with all the seats in place. UK buyers get a predominantly diesel line-up, with a 240PS all-wheel drive flagship.

Background

Utility is a surprisingly hard sell. Yes, we tend to aspire to the sort of utility we don't actually need, which is why we hanker after sports watches that can submerge to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, Arctic-spec down jackets to withstand a snow flurry in Surrey and, yes, sports utility vehicles that could cross the Darien Gap when all we really need them for is to bump over a parking kerb outside Starbucks. Genuine utility isn't quite so aspirational. Seats that you can clean a baby's worst efforts from, room in the back for a bookcase from IKEA, metronomic reliability; it's what people need but not what draws people into showrooms looking for a dotted line to sign. That's the size of the challenge facing Volkswagen's current generation Passat Estate, a car that does utility utterly brilliantly. Especially in this updated form.

Driving Experience

Under the bonnet, the key news for Passat buyers is the introduction of an extensively re-worked version of this model's volume 150PS diesel engine, now badged the 2.0 TDI EVO 150PS. As before, it can be had with a 7-speed DSG auto 'box and now features Active Cylinder Shutdown for greater efficiency, the first time that this feature has been fitted to a Volkswagen diesel engine. Diesel and 4MOTION 4WD feature as usual in the 'Alltrack' estate variant which gains a higher ride height for limited off road ability. For petrol people, there's the VW Group's familiar 150PS 1.5-litre TSI EVO unit, available with either manual or DSG auto transmission. Up to a quarter of Passat sales are expected to be taken by the Plug-in hybrid petrol/electric GTE version, which mates a 1.4 TSI petrol engine with an electric motor. This derivative now uses an upgraded lithium-ion battery which now enables a longer 36-mile WLTP-rated driving range. Across the line-up, there's a new 'Travel Assist' feature which allows the car to be driven at highway speeds in partly automated mode.

Design and Build

This eighth generation Passat Estate was shorter and lower than its predecessor but it was given a longer wheelbase, so there's slightly more room in size. The difficulty in attracting buyers away from the likes of BMW and Audi is that you need your product to offer all the attractions of a BMW and Audi but at a more competitive price. That includes looking as expensive as these brands, which is something the Passat Estate has often struggled to achieve. Not any more. At least not from the outside, where this facelifted model looks sleek, chiselled and polished with full-LED head and tail lights that emphasise the car's width. Inside, cabin quality is at least the equal of what you'd find in more expensive premium brand mid-sized saloon, especially if you're able to stretch to one of the higher trim levels. The interior features a big central 8-inch screen and a set of optional digital 'virtual' dials. The seats, as in most Volkswagens, initially feel unyielding but are supremely comfortable over longer distances. Three adults can fit in the back too - there's far more space than you'd get in a 3 Series, a C-Class or an A4. The boot measures an enormous 650-litres under the tonneau. Fold the seats down and that extends to a huge 1,780-litres. Big storage bins in the doors and centre console add everyday utility to the cabin.

Market and Model

The estate models add just over £1,500 to the prices of the saloons and there are three trim levels to choose from - 'SE', 'SEL' and 'R-Line'. DSG auto transmission is now standard across most of the range. Prices start at just under £26,000 for the entry-level 1.5-litre TSI petrol model in 'SE' trim. The 2.0 TDI 150PS diesel unit many want starts from just under £31,000. You'll need to spend at least around £38,000 for the GTE Plug-in hybrid. All variants are well equipped, even entry 'SE' derivatives featuring full-LED headlights. 'SEL' examples can be identified by their 17-inch 'Nivelle' alloy wheels, and also offer Vienna leather seats, the Discover Navigation system with an 8-inch colour screen and Voice Control. SEL cars also have tinted rear windows and silver roof rails for the Estate. 'R-Line' trim brings 18-inch 'Monterrey' alloy wheels, sports suspension, an R-Line exterior styling pack and Nappa leather front sport seats embroidered with the R-Line logo. There are also stainless steel pedals, 3Zone climate control and black roof lining, while keyless entry and an easy open boot also feature as standard on this top trim level. The Plug-in hybrid GTE version and the SUV-style 'Alltrack' estate variant get their own specific trim specs.

Cost of Ownership

The Passat Estate is a car that sells on pragmatism, so it's a critical component of its success that the running costs of the vehicle flag up all the right numbers. Remember that despite its increasingly urbane appeal, the bulk of this car's sales will still come from fleet buyers who don't give a brass tuppence about soft-touch dashboards, USB slots or how many watts the stereo has. For them it's about bills, bills, bills; residual values, fuel economy, carbon dioxide emissions, insurance costs, servicing overhead and so on. The Passat looks like it's getting off on the right foot. Go for the 1.5-litre TSI petrol model and your combined cycle fuel economy is rated at 43.8mpg (WLTP), while your CO2 return would be rated at 125g/km of CO2 (NEDC): pretty good for a large estate. The cleanest option is the GTE Plug-in petrol hybrid version, which can now go up to 36 miles (WLTP) between charges. Aggressive pricing sees the Passat square up more or less head on with tackle like the Vauxhall Insignia and engine for engine, the Passat is a good deal more economical and cleaner to boot. Pull residual values into the equation and the Passat wins hands down.

Summary

Sooner or later, as a potential customer here, you'll come to ask yourself the inevitable question about the Volkswagen Passat Estate, "Am I about to buy a boring car?" You might well ponder whether that makes you a boring person, but that association is a fallacy. If you are fundamentally boring, a Ferrari isn't going to magically endow you a Clooney-esque louche charm. Likewise, a Passat Estate, for all its undeniable utility, doesn't make you a boring person; merely one that understands what makes a great estate car. And it is a really outstanding vehicle for family buyers. Let's face it, who needs a lumbering SUV when estate cars are this good and this useful? To put the Passat Estate into that sort of perspective, consider this. To get the same interior quality and load space with all five seats in place, you'd need an SUV like a Mercedes GLE which, incidentally, starts at over fifty big ones. So don't ask yourself if you're being boring choosing a Passat Estate. Ask instead whether all those who buy big SUVs are being hoodwinked by slick marketing. If you've got this far, you probably know the answer to that one already.

  • Rain sensor
  • Heated rear window
  • Rear window wash/wipe
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Rear tinted glass from B pillar backwards, approx 65% tinted

  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill hold function
  • Automatic post collision braking
  • Volkswagen roadside assistance
  • ABS (Anti locking brake system) includes BAS (Brake assist) and EBD (Electronic brake pressure distribution)

  • Front + rear carpet mats

  • Wireless app connect
  • Security and service including e-call

  • Proactive occupant protection
  • Lane assist
  • Speed sensitive power steering
  • Adaptive cruise control including Front Assist, radar sensor controlled distance monitoring system, City emergency braking system
  • Driver profile selection
  • Driver alert system

  • One touch indicator turn signal
  • Start/Stop function

  • Speedo and rev counter, electronic odometer, trip, service interval display and fuel gauge
  • Warning buzzer and light for front seatbelts unfastened
  • Traffic jam assist
  • Multifunction computer includes visual gear
  • Low washer fluid warning light
  • Exterior temperature gauge with frost alarm

  • Body coloured door mirrors with intergrated indicators
  • Auto dimming interior rear view mirror
  • Remote electrically adjustable and foldable heated door mirrors including automatic dimming function on drivers side door mirror puddle lights

  • Cross hatch decorative inserts in dash and door panels
  • Chrome air vent and instrument surround

  • Battery regeneration during braking
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Misfuel prevention device

  • Aerial for radio integrated into rear windscreen
  • DAB Digital radio receiver

  • Gloss black finish on B pillar
  • White instrument lighting
  • Plastic load sill protection
  • Chrome side window surrounds
  • Fully galvanised body
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Black radiator grille with chrome louvres
  • Silver anodised roof rails
  • Volkswagen roundel

  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Warning lights for open tailgate and doors
  • Automatic leaving home and manual coming home lighting functions
  • LED rear lights
  • LED rear number plate lights
  • High level 3rd brake light

  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment and two rear air vents
  • Load lashing points x 4 in luggage compartment
  • Rear seat centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Driver's door storage compartment for 1.0 litre bottle
  • Front passenger storage compartment for 1.5 litre bottle
  • Height adjustable and removable variable boot floor
  • Lockable, illuminated, cooled glovebox
  • Storage compartment in roof console with cover
  • Storage compartment in rear doors
  • Vienna leather upholstery + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets
  • Front cupholders x2 with covers
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Load through provision
  • Height/reach adjust steering wheel
  • Extending luggage compartment cover with convenience opening, stowable
  • 12V socket in front centre console

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front and rear interior lighting with delay and dimming function

  • Height adjustable front 3 point seatbelts + pretensioners
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Rigid safety cell with front and rear crumple zones
  • First aid kit
  • Door open warning reflectors
  • Front and rear passenger curtain airbags
  • Drivers and front passengers safety optimised head restraints, longitudinal and height adjustable
  • Front airbags with deactivation switch
  • Pre crash preventive occupant protection
  • Warning light for rear seat belts if unfastened
  • Rear seat side impact airbags
  • Front side impact airbag

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Isofix child seat preparation, outer rear seats
  • Height adjustable rear seat head restraints (x3)

  • Electronic engine immobiliser
  • Alarm with interior protection and deactivation via infotainment system

  • Illuminated vanity mirrors

  • CO2 (g/km): 111
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 151
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: CB532Z
  • CC: 1598
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.8

  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15E
  • Generation Mark: 6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: 130000
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 120
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: SEL
  • Coin Description: TDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12

  • Engine Power - BHP: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.5
  • Top Speed: 124
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 184
  • Engine Torque - NM: 250
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1600
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 25.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Tyre Size Front: 215/55 R17
  • Wheel Style: NIVELLE
  • Tyre Size Rear: 215/55 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2083
  • Height: 1516
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4773
  • Width: N
  • Wheelbase: 2786

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1470
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2120
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 59
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 650
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 650
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1780
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • ESC (Electronic stability control) + EDL (Electronic Differential lock) and ASR (Traction control), EDTC (Engine drag torque control): Included

  • Rubber boot mat: £50

  • Sports suspension: £260
  • Standard suspension: Included
  • Dynamic chassis control: £920

  • Area view: £835
  • Park assist steering with front/rear parking sensors: £215
  • Rear view camera: £345
  • Trailer assist steering with park assist: £515
  • Front and rear ultrasonic parking sensors, audible with audio volume reduction when activated + optical parking display via vehicles infotain system: Included

  • Remote tailgate unlocking: Included

  • Head up Display: £540

  • Special solid paint: £390
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £640
  • Pearlescent paint: £640
  • Signature metallic paint: £770
  • Signature premium paint: £1,055
  • Electric panoramic sunroof, glass sliding/tilting including integrated roller blind: £1,000

  • Front fog lights with static cornering function and chrome trimmed surround: Included
  • All LED headlights range adjustable with reflector technology Including 12 separate LED daytime running lights with indicator function: Included
  • IQ.LED matrix headlights with dynamic curve + light assist, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights with static cornering, animated indicator: £1,700

  • Climate control - 3 Zone electronic air conditioning with automatic air recirculation: £660
  • Manual air conditioning: Included

  • Luggage net: £70
  • Black roof lining: £245
  • Mistral grey roof lining: Included
  • Heated multi function steering wheel and leather trimmed with paddle shift for DSG gearbox: £225
  • Three spoke leather trimmed multifuction steering wheel with gear knob including paddle shift: Included

  • LED entrance/warning lights in front doors: Included
  • Front and rear reading lights, x 2 incorporating LED technology: Included

  • Discover navigation pack - Passat: Included
  • Discover navigation pro pack - Passat: £2,200
  • Easy open package with full electric tailgate/ boot - Passat (Estate): £600
  • Ambient lighting plus pack - Passat: £470
  • Dynaudio confidence soundpack - Passat: £1,150
  • Ambient lighting pack - Passat: £205

  • Metallic - Manganese grey: £640
  • Metallic - Pyrite Silver: £640
  • Metallic - Tamarind brown: £640
  • Metallic - Reflex silver: £640
  • Metallic - Aurora gold: £640

  • Pearl - Deep black: £640

  • Solid - Urano grey: £0

  • Special solid - Pure white: £390
  • Special solid - Tornado red: £390
  • Signature metallic - Aquamarine blue: £770
  • Signature premium - Oryx white: £1,055

  • Tyre pressure loss indicator: Included
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system: £150

  • Driver/front passenger seat height adjustment: Included
  • ergoComfort seat with seat cushion tilt adjustment, thigh support and electric backrest adjustment on the driver side: Included
  • ergoComfort driver's seat with 14 way electric adjustment with driver seat massage, memory and comfort entry/exit functions: £1,000
  • Front seats with lumbar adjustment: Included

  • Keyless entry system including start/stop button on centre console: £430
  • Remote central locking with 2 remote folding keys: Included

  • Towbar with electric swivel function: £950

  • XDS electronic differential lock: £205

  • Vienna leather upholstery - Titan black + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets: £0
  • Vienna leather upholstery - Mistral grey + heated front seats + heated windscreen washer jets: £0

  • 17" London silver alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £250
  • 17" Nivelle black alloy wheels with self sealing tyres and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: Included
  • 17" Soho anthracite alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £250
  • 18" Oxford anthracite alloy wheels + anti-theft wheel bolts + low rolling resistance tyres: £600
  • 17" Sebring alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £250
  • 18" Oxford alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £600
  • 18" Liverpool alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tyres + anti-theft wheel bolts: £600

  • Steel space saver spare wheel: Included
  • Full size alloy spare wheel: £160

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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